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Document Details


Title: Reminiscences of Aaron Copland
RLIN number: NXCP87-A46
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Columbia University. Oral History Research Office
Collection: Individual Interview List Oral History Project
Description: Childhood, education, early compositions, teachers; Paris, 1921-24, studying composition with Nadia Boulanger; return to United States; League of Composers, assistance from Serge Koussevitsky, lecturing and teaching, MacDowell and Yaddo Colonies; Copland-Sessions Concerts, analysis of own compositions, discussion of methods, commissions; trips to Mexico, 1926-28; Norton Professorship at Harvard; Tanglewood and Boston Symphony, 1937-62; Hollywood, composition for films; problems of publication, choice of titles; dance compositions for Martha Graham, Eugene Loring, Agnes de Mille; Pulitzer Prize, 1945; radio music, recording contracts, McCarthy hearings; conducting at home and abroad from 1957; vocal works; vignettes of Roger Sessions, Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky, many other musicians and critics.
Extent: Transcript: 573 leaves
Restrictions: Access: Written permission required from interviewer. Permission required to cite, quote, and reproduce. Contact repository for information.
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1976 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Copland, Aaron, 1900-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1900
Speaker occupation: Composer
Age at speaking: 76
Document date: 1976
Interviewer: Perlis, Vivian
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Composers; Composition (Music); Conductors (Music); Musicians; Music--Instruction and study
Topics discussed - Other terms: Boulanger, Nadia; Conducting; Copland, Aaron, 1900-; Koussevitsky, Serge, 1874-1951; League of Composers (US); Sessions, Roger, 1896-
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0018223-13666